Providing musical instruments and lessons to young people for free.
Jimi Hendrix is arguably the most famous guitar player of all time. In honour of his love and giving spirit, Black Diamond Strings has teamed up with the Music For Life program run by the Jimi Hendrix Foundation, to release three sets of strings. A portion of proceeds from this release will be used to supply musical instruments and lessons to children and young adults.
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Hendrix is heralded as one of the first electric guitarists to utilise feedback in his sound. This legacy is survived by the Jimi Hendrix Foundation feeding musical education back to the youth through the Music For Life program.
Through this collaboration with Black Diamond Strings – which were the strings Hendrix actually used back in the day – guitar players can pay it forward in pursuit of educating the next generation of musicians.
There are three different string types available, all of which come with a retro collectable sticker. These are named after some of Hendrix’s most incredible performances, there’s the Monterey Pop Festival set, Royal Albert Hall set and a Woodstock set.
Monterey Pop Festival and Royal Albert Hall strings are designed for acoustic guitars, which are silver plated and phosphor bronze respectively. The Woodstock string set is all nickel-wound and made for electric guitar players. All sets is available in three different gauges, extra light, light and medium.
It’s worth noting that these aren’t Jimi Hendrix signature strings or anything of that ilk. These are designed by Black Diamond Strings to be used by guitarists from all different styles and support the Jimi Hendrix Foundation‘s effort to educate and supply instruments to those who can’t afford it.
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